Well you can only do the vortex if you have 2 bars or more. 1 for EX Fade behind and 1 for potentially EX Roll. So the answer is no, F4 is safe in this situation since, If you have a bar, you do F4~EX Fade which on hit gives you the 123~TK to set it up again.@TakeAChance @ZeroEffect Thank you for taking the time to make this guide/videos. Ethereal was the variation that I wanted to play with Mileena from the start, but my inexperience prevented me from understanding the strategy behind the variation.
Questions and observations.
the 54% vortex seems deadly, but isn't the f4 mixup unsafe (if blocked)? I understand that certain mixups in the game are risky, but I want to make sure I understand the risk.
Also, I don't know if any one has seen this, and this could be because my reactions are slow, but if you ~EX Fade Towards a "safe string" (as indicated in OP) you will still get caught by some of their reversals (I tested throw with Raiden) unless you hold the fade. I tested this with F23 and F34. The fade has to be held to wait for the reversal to complete. Doing the same thing with "unsafe strings" (e.g., F12B4) will not leave you open to that, and you do not have to worry about holding the fade.
The only time I see this would matter if you made a great read and wanted to punish a safe string (on block) with ~EX Fade Towards, otherwise what incentive is there to EX an already safe string.
Feel free to correct as I could be missing something, and am excited to unravel more about Ethereal.
I think Chance has already listed somewhere how much advantage you get from EX Fade after certain strings on block. Reversal throw should work on a held Fade, so I'm not sure how that works. Most of the time, if you don't hold it, Mileena can usually hit you before the Throw comes out.